Using the skeletal formula which is also known as line-angle formula, Acetic acid, the active component of vinegar, can be created using paper and wire. It is an excellent way to represent the bonding and structure of a molecule. It can be done in fun colors for those who wish to use it as decoration, or it can be color coded for classroom purposes.
Step 1: Needed Materials and Other Notes
- scrap booking paper, construction paper, or card stock
- Fiskars squeeze punch in small circle(see other notes for more information)
- a pencil
- a ruler
- 24 ga. wire
- wire cutters
- barrel nose or needle nose pliers
- bend nose pliers
- hot glue
- Fiskars squeeze punches can be found on their website. Alternatively, you could simply draw out the shapes and cut them out yourself (which I go into more detail in a later step). If you have a cricket and a cartridge that you can use to cut out the needed shapes, that will work just as well and save you some time. I do not know which cartridge you could find those shapes on.
- If children are assisting in this project, ensure that they are supervised at all times as wire, pliers, and hot glue can be dangerous. I would suggest that any children that may be helping you are at least 10.